THE INTERNET In the last decade the Internet has grown from a dream into the most advanced reality. You can find practically anything you want to on the world’s fastest growing tool. Computers are now very advanced and affordable so the Internet is also one of the most widely used tools. Like anything in the world the Internet also has a few bad points, however I think that the good points of the Internet out weigh the bad ones. General information can be easily found on any subject with the simple click of the mouse.
Many people use the Internet in genealogy research, or track down family or friends on a people search. The Internet can also take the place of a phone book with phone number search engines and yellow page directories. It can also be a great advantage when one is planning to travel; maps are easily accessed, and unlimited research can be done on a destination. One can easily find information on any hobby, and there is usually an Internet club for every hobby imaginable.
If one is into games then there are demos for most computer games, or you could even play chess with someone overseas. There are also an unlimited number of personal ads to have fun with or maybe make a new friend. I am a music lover and there are an unlimited number of resources for all types of music. I have downloaded nearly 400 songs from the Internet, and it was all free and legal.
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If one does not have time to go shopping for Christmas there are millions of online stores for any type of gift; there are even online grocery stores. One can search huge databases of used or new cars until they find the one that is right for them. There are also thousands of classified adds to search through if the item one is looking for cannot be bought new or is discontinued. There are even online auctions where one can conveniently buy or sell new or used items. One can even pay their bills online.
Of course if one wants to look into a product before they purchase it there are discussion forums on nearly every item. For the business man there are sites to buy, sell, research, or get quotes on one’s stocks. All the top news groups have web sites, and there are even weather sites. The Internet is also a wonderful tool for extensive research. I used the Internet to find information to write this paper with. Also, extensive research can be done for other schoolwork, or any research that one might need to do for work.
There are many marketing companies that use the Internet to post polls. A lot of businesses are on the Internet, and advertising is available. There are many forms of communication available via the Internet that do not cost anything extra to use. E-mail is probably the most widely used form of communication on the Internet; it has practically replaced the traditional letter. There are countless chat rooms for any subject or no subject. Message boards are widely used for discussion of a certain topic, and the messages are left for everyone else to read and learn from.
A newer form of communication over the Internet is the virtual messenger. The virtual messenger allows one to privately send a short message to a friend, or even to make new friends. Like anything else the Internet has it’s bad points. Any type of pornography imagined, and some not imagined, can easily be found on the Internet. This can be bad if one’s children have access to an uncensored Internet source, however a computer can easily be censored.
Computers and the Internet are becoming faster and capable of new and exciting things every day. Through this evolution, businesses have begun to reach out to consumers in new, unprecedented ways. With the amazing growth of users of the Internet, and the enormous growth that is expected to continue, businesses are aware that there is tremendous potential to provide and promote products and ...
Sex on the Internet can also become nearly addictive; ‘Sex is the most-searched word online’ (Swartz 1).
In a large poll, researchers found that men look mostly at pornographic pictures, while women engage in steamy chat sessions (Swartz).
Hackers are always a problem either small or large depending on what you do on the Internet. Hackers tend to target big things such as the Pentagon Computers so the everyday surfer doesn’t have much to worry about. If you run a large business on the net or an online service then hackers may be ‘A major concern’ (Weil 1).
Another problem that the Internet provides is the spreading of computer viruses.
Viruses can appear to be a normal program or may be attached to a program so that when one downloads and installs it the virus is activated. There are programs on the Internet sites that search for infected programs, and most computers have software that detects viruses. Sure there are a few problems with the Internet, but the problems do not add up to services that the Internet provides. Above all I think that the Internet is probably the greatest resource tool ever created..